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OCTOBER 5th, m, 7th & 8th, 1855. 



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The delegates composing the thirty-3ixth annual meeting of the 
Muscle Shoals Association, convened to-day, with the Mt. Pleasant- 
church, Lawrence co., Ala. 

Introductory Sermon was preached at 11 o'clock, by Rev. J. 
Gunn, from Gal. 6 : 10: "As we have opportunity, let us do good 
unto all men." Association then adjourned to meet at 2 o'clock. 


The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Rev. 
D, Breidenthal. The former Moderator, Rev. R. B. Burleson, m 
the chair. The clerk being absent, on motion Brother M. W. 
Mays was appointed Clerk p)-o tern. «■ 

1. Letters from churches were then called for, and Brother D. 
Breidenthal and Barksdale appointed to read them. 

2. Salem Church being called for, Brother Verser stated that he 
Was* a delegate, but without a letter from said church, assigning his 
reasons. Upon motion he was invited to a seat. ' . , 

3. Proceeded to the election of Moderator an/1 Clerk, which re- 
sulted in the appointment of Rev. R, B. Burleson, Moderator, and 
Rev. W. H. Barksdale, Clerk. 

4. Appointed standing committees as follows: _ . ■• 
On Devotional Exercises — A. Jarman, Jno. Alexander, E. Elett, (j. 

Fowler, Isaac N. Owen, and Rev. W. EL Barksdale, (Pastor Mt. 

Pleasant Church.) ... 

On Missions— Rev. W. Thomas, A. Honk, and Rev J. Shcrrill.. 
On Edzwatlon—Rev. D. Breidenthal, J. Wise, and Rev. M. A. 

On finance— L. D. Massengale, Thos. Ashford, Robt. Childs and 

' On U D«nments— A. W. Herring, Jno. Alexander, and Rev. J. K. 

y Stote of Religion— &x. J. C. Roberts, H. Reeves, and Rev. A. H. 

Sabbath Schools— Uev, J. Gunn, A. W. Herring, and Rev. Wood- 
lief Thomas. 




" Committee of Arrangements — A. Ilouk, A. G. Partlow, L. D. Mass- 

5. Bro. E. T. Van House being present was invited to a seat 
with us. i ; j ; 

6. On motion adjourned until Saturday morning at 9 o'clock. 
Prayer by Rev. Woodlief Thomas. 


Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Rev. J. K. 
Lynn. ....... . : ...... ■. :•' • . i-. 

1. On motion, letters not presented on yesterday were called 
for, read, and names of delegates enrolled. ♦ ' . •••' • ■■> •» 

2. Called the roll and marked absentees. ! ..•'..; ii ■•-. . ;! > 

3. Called for the report of the committee of Arrangements, 
which comittee recommended the order of business as it stands up- 
on the minutes of the precceding year; being received, the committee 
was discharged. « i<, . ,. ! i 

•1. Called for petitionary letters. One was presented from the 
Cherry Hill Church, which was read, received and the right hand 
of fellowship extended by the Moderator. ! ■ •'. ; • 

5. Called for letters from Corresponding bodies. Two were 1 re- 
ceived, one from Liberty without delegates, and one from Big Bear 
Creek by the hands of Brother Jno. Leigh, was read and received, 
and Father Leigh invited to sit with us also. A package of Min- 
utes from North River Association was presented. . .< i . .<■ 

G. Brother Br,eidcnthal asked permission to read a letter and 
circular from the Corresponding Secretary of the Bible Board, loca- 
ted in Nashville, Tennessee, which being granted, the letters were 
read and a committee appointed to take the subject of said commu- 
nication under consideration. This committe consisted of five, 
Rev. Woodlief Thomas, Lynn, Jennings, Gunn, and Breidcnthal.. • 

7. Invited visiting Brethren to seats with us, which was accept- 
ed by Rev. A. L. Stovall, Rev. G. D. Russel, Rev. Wiley Read, 
Rev. W. II. Cooper./. : , . ;i • - .,.»'"» -. ... » 

8. Called for report of the President of the Board of. Trus- 
tees of the Baptist Female Institute at Moulton. The President 
being absent, farther time was granted. . i . A 

9. Delegates from the General Association called for. All ab- 

10. Called for report of Missionaries. Brother Terser reportecT 
as follows: Labored four months; attended 8 protracted meetings; 
Preached 57 sermons; delivered 54 exhortations; conducted 18 pray- 
er meetings; baptised 22; Witnessed 52 conversions and 18 baptisms; 




assisted in ordaining one Deacon; sold books to the amount of $2o 75; 
Donated $5 40; and collected on subscription $57 00. 

11. A motion was made that a committee be appointed to ascer- 
tain the time and place of the Ministers and Deacons, meeting of 
each district, and report to the Clerk, who shall make it appear in 
the minutes. After a little consultation, said committee, consisting 
of Brethren Nunn, Roberts, Terser and Jennings, furnished your 
Clerk with the following notice of each: 1st District will hold its 
meeting at New Prospect, Friday before 4th Sabbath in April 18ob. 
2d District at Liberty, Friday before 3d Sabbath in April. 3d Dis- 
trict, Friday before 1st Sabbath in May, Shoal Creek; 4th District, 
Friday before 2d" Sabbath in July, at Browns Valley. 


1st. Appointed delegates to General Association, Rev. J. Cunn, 
Rev. W. II Barksdale, and Brethren Ed. Ellett, L. D. Massengale, I 
N. Owen, A. Houk, T. Ashford, J. N. Parllow, .7 no. Alexander, and 

Rev. A. Jennings. . . 

Liberty Association-L. D. Massengale, T. Ashford W. II Barksdale. 
-Big Bear Creek— W. Thomas, Jno. Shercll, and Jno. P. Craig. 
' NortJi River Association— Jennings; Cagle, Bird.- 
" Glterohee Association— G. Fowler, Cornelius, Verser. 

Judson Association— M. W. Mays, E. R.Stanly, A. Jarman 
• 2 President of the Board of Trustees now being present, was 
called upon to report, which was read and received, but referred to 
a committee of eight for further action, to wit: A. Houk, L. I). 
Massengale, J. Gunn, W. M. Mays, G. Fowler, T. Ashford, J. W. 
Herring, and J. Milum. : . 

4. On motin, Judge Peters was granted the privilege of making 
whatever explanation he may wish as to his manner of forming Ins 
report, which he did quite satisfactorily. 

5 No Circular Letter having been sent up, Brother Guru was 
requested by the Association to furnish his introductory sermon m 
lieu thereof for publication in the Minutes. 

7. Called for report on the State of Religion, which was read and 

adopted as follows: 


"The committee on the Slate of Religion beg ^^Xrof^the^ocW- 
information conveyed to us by the letters from the Churches of tl e ^ S0Cl /\ 
tion, that God hassignallv blessed us during the past M«l ^ 
• pouring out His spirit upon us, and building up the cause •< ^J* "J™* 
scores to her borders in a large majority of the Churches For ^ȡȣ? 
we feel that our grateful acknowledgments should be tendered to Him who 

the donor of all our blessings ^ Q R0BERTSj chair . 

8. Committee on Documents called for, and by request wan 
granted further time to report. ■ 

9. Brother Fowler offered the following resolution: 

Resolved, That a committee be appointed, composed of one member from 
each District, to take into consideration the propriety of centralizing the As- 
sociation as mnch as will be practicable. 

10. Appointed on that committee E. Ellett, T. Ashford, Reeves 
and G. Fowler. 

11. Called for report of the committee appointed at the las 
Association, on the case of non-fellowship, between Guntersvill 
and Shilo churches. Brother Fowler being Chairman, reported a. 
follows: • . :, 

The undersigned, a member of the committee appointed at the last Associ 
ation to visit Guntersville Church, for the purpose of trying to adjust the case 
of non-fellowship, beg leave to report, that efforts have been made on the 
part of two of the committee, to accomplish the desired object; but they failed 
of success. Johnson has not made satisfactory acknowledgments to the Shilo 
Church, and the Guntersville Church has not excluded Johnson. 


12. A motion made and carried, that inasmuch as Guntersville 
church refused to hear the advice of the Association, but continues 
to retain in her fellowship, a brother guilty of charges which caused 
his expulsion from a sister church, without requiring him first to be 
reconciled, and restored by the former as lias been from time im- 
memorial, the custom of all Baptist churches. 

3. A motion was offered and carried, that the Association should 
adjourn until 3 o'clock P. M., thus giving an hour for preaching be- 
fore the business of the Association be resumed. Benediction by 
the Moderator. 


After divine services by the Rev. Woodlief Thomas, the Associa- 
tion again convened by singing. \ ' 

1st Items of business, was a letter from Florence church^' 
which was presented by Brother J. Portlock, announcing the sad 
intelligence, that so many of their members had moved away as to 
render it expedient for them to dissolve the church, and letter out 
the few remaining ones, who thus would be privileged to connect 
themselves with any other branch of our Zion where they could 

have "the bread of life" broken unto them. ,; "' , ! 

I\ 2. Brother Portlock invited to a seat with us. • ' ;' "" '. ; 

I \ . 3. Report on education called for, upon which Brother Breidentnal 
\ arose and made a verbal one, which not being satisfactory, was re-.- 
\\V rred bac k to ^ m ' an< * tilue gra^d nim to report. 




4. Called for report on Devotional exercises, which was made as 
follows: Prayer meeting Sunday morning at half after 9 o'clock, 
Father Jno. Leigh to conduct it; Rev. A. L. Stovall to preach at 
11 o'clock, Rev. R. B. Burleson at 3, Rev. W. H. Cooper at night. 

5. Called for report of committee on locating the Association, 
which was read and adopted as follows: 

The committee oppointed to consult upon the propriety of making the sit- 
tings of the Association as central as possible, beg leave to report that in the 
opinion of the committee, it is important that the Association meet in'a place 
as central as may be. EDMUND ELLETT, Chairman. 

6. On motion the association was appointed to be held next 
year with Enon church on Friday before 1st Sabbath in October. 

• 7. On motion Brother Wm. II. Barksdale, was appointed to 
preaeh the next introductory sermon, and Brother Woodlief Thom- 
as hi§ alternate. ,--..•".: 

' 8, On motion, brother W. H. Cooper was appointed to write next 
circular letter, and brother J. Gunn his alternate. 

9. On motion it was suggested that the Trustees of the Moulton 
iFemale Institute, who are not members of the Association, be per- 
mitted to participate, if necessary, in the discussion that may come 
up in regard to their report made by the President of said Board. 
After some discussion the motion was withdrawn, with the under- 
standing that if necessary, said motion might again be presented at 
its proper time for the consideration of this body. 

10. Brother Gunn offered the following resolution: , ' 
Resolved, That we recommend to the churches of this Association, 

granting church letters, to write them as valid for one year only, 
and that when a member joins another by letter, the clerk of the 
latter should write to the clerk of the former and inform him of the 
fact, which, after some animated discussion was lost. 

11. On motion adjourned until Monday morning 9 o'clock. Pray- 
er by Brother W. H. Cooper. 


Father Leigh conducted the prayer meeting, which was well at- 
tended. : , ■ ■ . 

Brother A. L. Stovall preached at 11 o'clock, to a crowded house, 
with a pathos of melting tenderness, as he looked over his congre- 
gation of old acquaintances and new formed friends, and adverted 
to the past, present, and future, and then the glory which awaits 
' those who are kept sacred by the hope of (he gospel. The 3 o'clock / 
sermon was preached by our esteemed Brother, B. B. Burleson, be- ' 
ing an exposition of the prophecy of Daniel. Brother W. '* 
Cooper preached at night to an attentive audience. We £ 




■much good was accomplished, and many pious relation^ formet 
through the instrumentality of to-days labor.- ■ ■ ■ • . ! • 

C : !•,.•' , i i . V; .MONDAY MORNING, 9 O'CLOCK.! . 
met ' pursuant to adjournment. 1 Prayer ■ . b; 

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The Association 
Brother Jno. Leigh. 

1. Called names of delegates and marked absentees. 

2. Called for report on Sabbath Schools, which was read by th 
chairman, and adopted as follows: . • . ■*. 


Your committee on Sabbath Schools beg leave to report, that in their opin 
ion, the Sabbath School is one of the most important of all enterprises, an* ■ 
that its importance arises from the following facts: 

1st. The moral and religious training it affords to all connected with it, 
both as teachers and pupils. For in the Sabbath School all the minds con- 
nected «> ith it, arc directly turned to the investigation of God's holy word. — 
And thus truth is developed, which is bound to make the very best of all im- 
pressions upon the mind. 

2nd. From the fact that the library connected with a Sabbath School af- 
fords a good fiiipply of reading matter, adapted to all classes of the •commu- 
nity, and calculated to make men wise unto salvation. . . 

3rd. From the fact that by employing the youth of our country in Sabbath 
Schools, we thereby prevent them from letting their precious time run to 
waste, keep them from bad company, and avert a vast amount of evil. 

1th. From the fact that men can teach the word of God in the Sabbath 
School, who cannot preach the word of life from the pulpit. And by this 
means we may employ a far greater number of useful men in the great 
work of communicating the truth of God to the minds of dying men. . 

Therefore, resolved j that we earnestly recommend to every church in this 
Association to establish Sabbath Schools in their midst, at the earliest possible 
day. i . ' .mi-" ... ,.?;,. ; .,;' 

Kcsolvcd, further, that wc feel this to be a duty that we, as christian*, owe to 
our children, to ourselves, to our country, and to our God. 

J. GUNN, Chairman. 

3. Called fir report on documents, which was read by the chair- 
man, received, : nd ordered back to the committee with brother Jas. 
Wise and J. Gn in added to it. 

4. Called fc ■ report on missions, which was read by the chair- 
man and ad opte< as follows: , . 


Wc, as christians, feel deeply the great importance of supplying all the 

world with the preached word of life. Wc regard it as our imperative duty 

. to exert our utmost power? to furnish the needy everywhere with the precious 

bread of life; but we think that the destitute of our own immediate section 

V of country, have the first antl strongest claims upon our christian benevolence. 

> ^t The cllorts of this Association to provide for the spiritual wants of th* 

k\ ycstitule are truly laudable and Christ like; but wc think that we could and' 

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fought to do much more than' we have heretofore done, for this most bcnificent 

PU As o 6 ur present missionary plan is accomplishing the objects contemplated 
by it better than any we have previously tried, we there/ore heartily recom- 
mend its continuance with increased liberality and energy. . - 

We also recommend that all reasonable efforts be made to again secure the 
services of our pious, faithful, and indefatigable brother, E. T. Vaniioose, as 
GeneralAgent and Missionary for the Association at large. ^ , . 

We further recommed, that the Missionaries employed in the several Uis- 
tricts of the Association, be especially instructed, not to confine their labors . 
to the destitute Churches, but also to preach in destitute neighborhoods, wher- 
ever they may think good can be done, and assist in holding protracted meet- 
ings wherever it may be convenient. , ■ , : , 
- And lastly, in view of the great blessings which God has so freely bestow- 
ed upon us during this year, that we earnestly solicit from the Churches of this 
Association more'liberal contributions for the support of this most noble enter- 
prize. Respectfully submitted. W. THOMAb, Chairman. 

5. Brother H. Atkinson having arrived, read the letter from 
Cane Creek church, and had the delegates names enrolled. _ 
" 6. Called for report on Education, which was read by its chair- 
jian, and after some discussion was referred back to the said com- 
mittee, with instructions to strike out the clause recommending fe- 
male Education^ private individual interest, and to add a 'clause 
recommending the Female Institute at Moulton to the patronage of 

the Association. .' . , ', ' '.' ' . ' .', _ ), 

7. Called for report of the committee on the Beneficiary: b und, 

which was read and adopted as follows: ' , ,', . . ;. .• ■ '•■••• '■■ >'■ ■■ 
; : , . u i , BENEFICIARY FUND. (i . !. i 

Your committee; appointed at the last Session of this body, to examine ap- 
plicants for the beneficiarv fund, beg leave to make the following report: 

There were two applicants for the fund, viz: brother Napoleon Bailey, and 
brother Wallace, who, from the certificates which they bore to us ol (heir 
moral standing, pictv, and the approbation of their churches, together with 
the examination they passed before us in regard to their call to the ministry, 
we, as your committee, deemed them worihy, and paid over to them the money 
in our hands for that purpose. '". '* „ .. i 

Amount of money received up to dale, - ■ • &o- UU , . , 

« paid to them, - - • - $~2 00 _ ,. • 

" yet on subscription list, - . - 10 00— 7-8^ 1)0 

Deficiency from mistake in calculation, $5 00 _*^__-_. _. . 

' • • : J. GUNN, Chanman. 

8 The committee ; appointed to take into consideration the re- 
port of the President of the Board of Trustees, recommended that 
it should be referred back to the President, in accordance with his 
own request. u r : .: # ■-■ # ■•■•• . i 

9. The committee on Education again reported which was r 

dially received: - i: 



The committee on the subject of education., beg leave to .report: 

For ;the condition of our Female Institute, the committee would .refer to the 
report of the Board of Trustees of that institution. 

The subject of education is so important in itself, has such an important 
bearing upon the interests of our cause, that it has not failed to receive the 
attention of this body at its regular sittings! It is matter of historic fact, that 
for causes beyond our control as a. denomination, we have not heretofore en- 
joyed the facilities of education, as other denominations have done. In Eng- 
land, while the Episcopalians had the advantage of their National Universi- 
ties, supported by the Government, and sustained by the wealth, partiality, and 
royal munificence of the nation, Baptists were not permitted to have schools, 
regularly established, and in which degrees could be conferred. In Scotland 
our Presbyterian brethren derived their educated ministry from the national 
schools of Scotland. Thus, while the Church of England, and through it the 
Methodists; and the Presbyterians through the Universities of Scotland, have 
obtained, in former times, their educated men for the pulpit, Baptists were 
interdicted the privilege of having their schools of high character; were not 
only unassisted, but positively restricted in their educational efforts. Yet we 
wore not destitute, even then, of great raeh. We had even then, under such 
inauspicious circumstances, men whose fame is now upon the tongue of na- 
tions. Such men as our Gill, Hall, Foster, Fuller, Cary, Topiady, Bunyanand 
Milton. These men, inspired b) the holy fires of genius, and moved by God's 
almighty grace, unassisted and alone, climed the rugged steeps, as Alps On Alps 
arose, till arrivedjat the summit's proud sunlight they stood, and left the world 
beneath them, for all timo to look up and admire. , • 

In later times, when freed from the restrictions of arbitrary enactments. 
Baptists have exceeded all other denominations in their educational efforts, 
and it is only Iclt to us, that having begun a good work to go on to perfection; 

It should never be forgotten, however, that all of our school interests should 
be carried on, in subserviency to the cause of Christ, in our hands. Educa- 
tion should be to us a means, and not an end. In all our efforts in education 
we should inquire what course will best promote the cause of Christ in our 
h«»nds? Our efforts in education should be chiefly directed to the prepara- 
tion of young men for the Ministry. Male education has a direct bearing 
upon the advancement of our cause — female education only an indirect bear- 
ing. It is well, it is even beneficial, to see a Miss in the sparkling and pretti- 
ness of her teens, playing brilliantly upon the piano, and fluently reading 
French; buf to him who has the cause of God at heart, it i> much more inter- 
esting, deemed much more important, to see a young man with his heart full of 
the love of Christ, speaking in plain, simple Saxon, to dying men of the cross of 
Christ, of heaven and of perdition! 

In conclusion, we would. call the attention of the Association fo the impor- 
tance of an inquiry into the condition of our beneficiaries. We recommend 
to the Association the propriety and importance of Female education, and to 
rally around our Female Institute at Moulton. All of which is respectfully 
submitted. . , ,...,„ lf )it t , , D. BREIDENTHAL. ; 

10. Report on Documents again read, and adopted as follows: i ...» 

.' t REPORT ON DOCUMENTS. ■«!.].•■ ■••.; \ t. 
, Dear Brethren: We, your committee on documents, would recommend that 

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with regard to the suggestions of the Courtland and Moulton churches, about v^ 
the wants of colored people, our pastors preach to them on Sabbath evening* \* 
after their morning's service is over. » 

With regard to the resolutions of the Minister's and Deacon's meetings, it 
is the opinion of the committee, that their plans are impracticable, and would 
prove injurious to the Missionary operations. 

We find by examination, that the Florence and Friendship churches arc 
dissolved. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

J. \V\ HERRING, Chairman. 

11. The President of the Board of Trustees being ready, was 
ngain called upon to report, which was received and adopted as fol- 
lows: , . 

To the Muscle Shoals Association, oj Baptitts, convened at Mount Pleasant Church, 

Lawrence county, Alabama, 

On behalf of the Trustees of the Baptist Female Institute at Moulton, I beg 
leave respectfully to submit the following as their Annual report: 

Since the date of the last Annual Report of the Trustees to the Associa- 
tion, they have had. four meetings. . 

At their meeting on the 2lst of December, 1854, John Fruit, a member of 
the Board, tendered his resignation, which was accepted, and thereupon the 
Board unanimously elected Asa Hodges of Moulton, a Trustee, to supply the 

vacancy thus occasioned. -»■»''•'. i 

And at their meeting on the 2nd of October 1855, the Board unanimously 
elected Henry W. Warren of Moulton, to fill the vacancy occasioned by the 
death of James Armstrong, a former member of the Board. .]■_•-. , 

By reference to the last annual report of the Trustees, which bears date 
the 30th day of September, 1851, it will be seen that F.lder Richard B. Bur- 
leson was only continued as the Principal of the Institute until the end of the 
Fall session of 1854, which terminated on the 23 of December of that year. 
This rendered some further action of the Board necessary in reference to the 
Principal at their meeting on the 2lst December 1854. Therefore at this 
meeting, the following Trustees being present, viz: Thomas M. 1 eters,I*aac 
N.Owen, Amos Jarman, James Armstrong, Aaron A. Burleson, Jas, Wise, 
Isaac Van Eaton, William McKelvy, John N. Walker and Asa Hodges. 

The Board by resolution to that effect, continued Elder R. B. Burleson as 
Principal of the Institution. , ^ n . ■ , 

Under this resolution, the Principal, (elder R. B. Burleson,) assisted by Miss 
Francis A. Kellum in the literary department, and by Mrs. Susan W. Leigh in 
the department of Music, resumed his duties in the Institute as 1 rincipal, at 
the commencement of the Spring session of the present year, and conducted the 
school until the end of that session, which terminated on the last Wednesday 

,D DTrine this session^here were fifty students entered at the Institute /and the 
session closed under more promising indications than attended the school since 

its commencement. , . r ,, , , i.iu* nuJ' 

The resignation of Mrs. Leigh was tendered, and accepted. At that time 

the Board also requested the Principal to continue the services ot Miss KeU , 

lum as assistant teacher at the Institute, and appointed a committee of their 



body to procure a; competent teacher to take charge of the department of Mu- 
sic, which resulted in retaining the services of Prof, William II. Morrison for 
me session then nett ensuing. . ; , .■..-•'. ;.•„ 

On the 20th day of August 1855, the Board again came. together, whenthe 
Board regret to say, the Principal tendered his resignation, which was finally 
accepted. . . . \ ' ■ 

The Board then appointed a committee to secure the services of another 
Principal and assistant teacher for the Institute; hut. up to Ihc present,; this 
committee have noi succeeded in accomplishing the dutv imposed upon them; 
consequently no school has been opened at the' Institute for the present ses- 
sion, which should have begun on the 1st Monday in September last. 

By reference to the annual report of the Board, bearing date the 30th of 
September 1853, it will appear that the contractor, (Thomas D. Lineard,) 
who first undertook the erection of the Institute edifice, suspended work un- 
der his contract in October 1852. and wholly abandoned it about the first of 
November afterward. On the 25lh of February 1853, Mr. Lineard fas plain- 
tin ] instituted suit for $4805 in the Circuit Court of Lawrence County, Ala- 
bama, against Richard B. Burleson, Isaac N. Owen, and William McKelvy 
Las defendents,] who were members of the Building Committee, that had con- 
tracted with Mr. Lineard for the erection of the Edifice for the Institute. 
1 his suit was prosecuted against the defendants until the 26th of March 1855, 
at the spring term x>f said Circuit Court in that year, when it was dismissed 
by the plaintiff at his costs. In the management of this suit the defendents 
necessarily required the assistance of compefent attorneys at law to prepare 
and conduct their defence, and in procuring such attorneys they incurred an 
expense of §200 for their attorneys- fees. They also agreed, ihrough their 
attorneys, to pay said Lineard or his attorneys, upon the dismissal of said suit, 
the additional ram of 8100, which made the expense of said litigation on 
their part, §300, besides costs. As this liability was incurred, by the commit- 
tee, in the proper discharge of the duties of an agency- created by the Board 
for the purpose of the corporation, and undertaken at their request, and con- 
ducted with their approbation, it is such a charge against the corporation as 
Hie board could not justly repudiate. . . ,• 

■ Without going into details touching the finances of the corporation; for 
which there is not space in this Report, 1 beg leave further to submit, that it 
appears from the Report; of Franklin C. Owen, the Treasurer of the Board of 
lrustees,madc on the 20th of September, 1855, that there has been collected 
on subscription for the Instisute the sum of $5,373 42, and that the Treasurer 
has paid out on account of the Institute the sum of $5,561 17, and besides this 
Jast named sum the Treasurer has assumed for the Institute, the further sum of 
• 1.>I);— making the sum paid out and the sum assumed amount in the aggre- 
gate to the sum of $5,71 1,17. And it further appears from the report of the 
J/SXTa a ? r . C f ,d ' thfU lhcrc >' ct rcm:,i ns a debt against the corporation of 
f U 7 l9 ' whlcl1 1S unpaid. To meet this indebtedness, the Board of Trus- 
tees have no funds, save what may be realized from collections upon subscrip- 

l ,0 J 1S J'cn22 tS !J nd J ng and " npaid * Thcsc subscriptions are nominally estima- 
ted at 5.188 47, but it is believed that not more than between two and three 
.hundred dollars can be obtained from this source; a? most of the subscriptions 
are insolvent, or repudiated by the persons in whose names they seem to have 
heen made. Thus it appears that thre yet remains an indebtedness againsnt 
the corporation of about 81000, which should be provided- for in order to free 



the corporation from debt, and its ! valuable property rora the danger of. sac- 
rifice. It may be proper to add,.that in the above estimate of indebtcncs9,.is 
included the sum of $300, expenses incurred by the building committee, as 

^rr^nt^ing'on the second of October 1855, already referred toVtim 
Roard of Trustees adopted absolution declaring thc;indeptedne« aboy«;satd, 
a proper charge against the corporation, and directed the appropriation of 
such funds as might be derived from the residue of subscriptions uncollected . 

■° fbc^Ser to Wpoft, that the Board, at prcsentwnsisfs of the following 
persons, viz: Thomas M. Peters, Isaac N. Owen, Amos Jarman, Levi L. 
barren, Charles Gibson, " Aaron A. Burleson, Egg eston I). Towns, James 
Wise, Isaac Van Eaton, William McKelvy, John N. Walker Asa Hodges 
and Henry W. Warren --onhese, Thomas M. Peters, Isaac N. Owen, Amos 
Wman Levi F Warren, Charles Gibson, Aaron A. Burleson, and Lggles- 
iTv^^l^^benot the Board at the time of incorporation; the 
others have been since appointed by the Association or elected by the Board 
to fill vacancies. All of which is respectfully submitted. 

. THOMAS M. PETERS, President of Board of Trustees. 

Moulton, Ala., Oct. 7th, 1855. . ', / 

12 On Tnotion,"a. committee was appointed to draft resolutions 
in reference to the death of Brother J. II Edmiston; said commit, 
tee consisting of Brethren : Jennings, W. II. Cooper, and W. II. 

Davis. * ' • . ,' .'„,•,.'> i ■•« .,«.-. i 

' 13. Brother Gunn offered the following resolution: 

I Resolved That 'this ' Association loams, with deep regret, that our beloved 
^Brother ^^ and Moderator, lUCHARD B. BURLESON, is about to remove 

Irom its bounds. ...■•. ' , " . , * <i •„ 'il^Li ♦:«« 

Resolved That we regard his removal as a great loss to this Association, 
with which he has .been long connected as a Minister, and for several years 
past as Principal of our Female Institute at Moulton, and over which he has 
thrice presided as Moderator. ;• . ',],','.,, j ^ 1 

Pcsohtd : That we cordially recommend him to the brotherly love and con- 
fidence of our denomination, and of all others with whom his lot may hereaf- 
ter be cast, not only as a Christian and Minister, but as a learned scholar and 
faithful and energetic teacher. . .._;.. 

.. 14. On motion adjourned until half after 1 o'clock, P. M. . ,.= 

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• : -i ' ■■-'•."'■ ,! '' 1* O'CLOCK IN AFTER-NOON. 

Association met pursuant to adjournment. ' Prayer by Re V. 1 A. 

4 W i, U Th'e committee appointed at the last meeting of thelraopiV 
tionto consider and report upon the mode of electing the Trustee* 


of the Baptist" Female 1 Institute a* Moult©**, and aTso to define their 
du'ties and powers, submitted their report which after some debate 
was received, and adopted with ana amendment, which appears in 
the report as* here presented: ,,,..., 


Tff the Muscle S hoals Association, convened at Mount Pleasant : 

Your committee, appointed at the last meeting of the Association, to 
consider and" report uponr the mode of electing the Trustees of the Baptist 
Female Institute at Moulton, and^ also toj define their duties and powers, beg 
leave lo report the following* which, ir# their opinion, embraces such recom- 
mendations as- will best subserve the interests ofthe Institute, vizi: 

That the Association, at its present session eject thirteen Trustees for sard 
Institute,- classified as to their tenure of oflke in the following manner, to wit: 
Five of the number chosen to- ho'd office one year, or until the next meeting of 
the Association; four for two years, and the remaining four for three years, 
which shall be the regular term- of oflice — the Association thus electing one 
third of the members of the board annually. The propriety of thus choosing 
the Trustees, wc think too- obvious to require comment. 

Your committee are further of opinion, that it would be difficult to offer ar 
fuller or more satisfactory enumeration of the powers and duties of the Trus- 
tees, than' that which may be found in the Act of incorporation, nearly itt' these 
words: u The said Board of Trustees, and their successors, shall have power 
to elect, from time to time, one ol their own members as President f and also 
a Secretary and Treasurer; to define the duties of each, and exact from the . 
Treasurer a bond for the faithful performance of his duty. They shaft also 
have power to procure ami select suitabic'ond competent teaehers,- prescribe 
the course of study, fix terms of tuition and grant diplomas of scholarship in and 
for said Institute, in such a manner as they may deem proper. And they shall 
have full and ample power to pass all such rules, regulations and by laws as 
they may deem necessary and pTOper for the management and government of 
said Corporation artd school." ■• ' j 

It might not be amiss however, lo suggest, that a proper construction of the 
above, together with the other sections oftheactof incorporation, would 
leave to be implied also, the power to adopt such means as they may deem 
proper and expedient to raise funds for the improvement or repair of the edi- 
fice, or for other purposes coming within the range of their expressed powers. 
The number constituting a quorum for the transaction of business is fixed in 
the Act of Incorporation, section 5, as follows: "That a majority in number 
of said Trustees shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of all ordinary 
business; but it shall require the concurrence of two-thirds of their number to 
make choice of the Principal teacher in said Institute, or to dispose in any 
manner of the monies and property of said corporation above the value of one 
hundred dollar*." Your committee are further of opinion, that it should re- 
quire the concurrence of two-thirds of the Trustees to dismiss the principal 
teacher or President from the school. .Our reasons for coming to this conclu- 
sion are too obvious to require comment, as it is universally acknowledged, 
that too frequent changes in those who preside over Institutions of this kind 
may cause great embarrassment, and result in much injury to the Institution* 
' It only remains for your committee to make a few suggestions in relation 
to some of the duties devolving upon the Trustees. . . ■ >; ■• . < .. * 



They should 63tet-cise a general 1 superintendence of all property belonging 
to said corporation. » See that the building isr kept in repair. At least three 
! 0f their number to make regular visits to the school-Toom nt least once b week* 
and assist the principal teacher in making rules and regulations for the gov- 
ernment of the school. - And those who are appointed to visit the school to 
report to' every stated meeting of the Board of Trustees; And it shall be the 
duty of the Board of Trustees, through their President, or otherwise, to repoit 
to the Association,- at each meeting of the same. 

All of which is respectfully submitted'. .A. IIOUK, Chairman; . 

2. Report on the circulation of the Bible called for, and after its^ 
reading was adopted, and ordered- to be 4 spread upon the minutes: 


Your committe on circulation of the Bible beg-leaVc to report— 
-The social, political* and moral condition of a great majority of the human 
race loudly demands of the great body of christians to furnish them with the 
sacred scriptures. The southern Baptist convention has,- through its board 
done, and is now doing much, to give to the nations of the world the printed 
word. We would recommend to this- Association, to organize as soon as prac- 
ticable, an Associational Bible society, auxiliary to the Bible Board of the 
southern Baptist convention. ■ We also recommend that the pastors of the 
several churches, of this Association, be earnestly requested to preach to their 
respective congregations on Sabbath of their regular meeting in May next, on 
the subject of the circulation of the word of God, and that they upon that, or 
other occasions, solicit both public and private contributions, to aid in Bible 
distribution, which contributions shall be sent to Brother A. C Dayton, Cor. 
Sec. of the Bible Board of the southern Baptist convention. Respectfully 
submitted. . W. THOMAS, Chairman. 

3. Report of agent read, received and adopted: ■ •-.■.! 


Your Missionary begs leave to submit the following Report as a brief sketch 
of his labors within the bounds of the Association. The whole time has been 
occupied in the twofold relation of Agent and Missionary. , 
• Assisted in the ordination of one Minister and two Deacons. 
' . Attended eleven protracted meetings, some at churchef where the question 
might have been asked "Can these dry bones live?" yet the breath of 
the living God was breathed upon them and truly might it have been said 
the dead is alive and God has healed the broken hearted. , . 

There have been many conversions, the aggregate of Which has not been 
attempted to be kept. , 

Preached one hundred and thirty-six sermons and delivered many exhorta- 

. Baptised thirty and witnessed ninety-five baptisms. ; 1 •_ \;- 

Sold books to the amount of $53 70, gave away to the amount of $2 10. 
Though the blessings of God have been so graciously poured out, jet it has 
been within the bounds of the churches while the destitute regions, of which 
there are not a few, have been neglected, to which the attention of this body 
ought to be directed, for they are crying for the bread of life. A1I< >f whicfr. 
is respectfully submitted. E. T. VAN HOOSt. 

.16 . 

:s . Ai yooragent I would submit the following: ,, i hui !- .-...iY 

-.1 1, have visited every church, within the bounds, and the most of them in the 
.first and second districts twice; raised by subscription eight', hundred and 
twelve dollars and thirty-eight cents. Collected five hundred : and. seventy- 
three dollars and thirty- six cents. Balance not collected two, hundred>and 
forty-two dollars and forty-five eents. ■; All of which is respectfully submitted. 
;, , i, , . ., ...,,• , , E.T.;VAN HOOSE.;, 


4. • On motion a committee was appointed to nominate the mem- 
bers of the Board of Trustees, consisting Of W. Thomas, E.'EUett, 
D. Breidenthal, Verser, and fJ. Fowler. .,!.!. .{.>■■■ ,.i ^. 

5. Committee appointed to draft resolutions in reference to the 
memory of our late brother, J. H. Edmiston read their report, 
which was adopted as follows: 

r J :•... . :i <; :ii„ii.;.- , iP- { 

hcsohcd, That we as brethren and delegates of the Muscle Shoals Associ- 
tion, have great reason to mourn the loss of our talented, energetic and pious 
Brother J. 11. Edmiston, who has labored so nobly, so energetically through- 
out the bounds of this and sister Associations, in the truly great and glorious- 
cause of his and our Lord and Master; and while we deeply sympathise with 
his bereaved widow and orphanpd children; commending them to the wid- 
ows God and orphans guide, we would feel loudly called upon : by this ; be^- 
reavemcnlto belike our beloved Brother, ''ready to depart and be with Christ 
which is far better." Also 

Resolved, That we exhibit oitr respect and sympathy for our departed Broth- 
er, by appointing a committee authorised to inclose in a suitable manner the 
last resting place of our beloved but now departed brother. .-,-;,,;:■', 

G. The brethren appointed on the committee' to enclose' in a 
suitable manner the grave of brother J. H. Edmiston, consisted of 
brethren Harris, Streeter, and Childs. |. ';., ,.■.•<] ;i 

^ 7. Brother Ilouk presented an account of $84 against the Asso- 
ciation, which upon motion, was ordered to be paid off in case a 
surplus was left in the hands of the Treasurer. . • V ; ' '' ' , 

8. Brother Gunn presented a resolution in reference to raising a 
beneficiary fund, which upon motion was postponed for another hour. N 

9. Brother Houk moved the Association that brother Verser be paid 
for five months service, instead of four; which was carried, for rea- 
sons satisfactory to the Asssociation. • p ■ I » .- . , f . 

10. Brother I. N. Owen moved the Association that the subscript 
tion of New Frienship church, and Browns' Valley church, con- 
sisting of $25, being the amount donated to brother T..S.-, Carson at 
the last Association, should be made good to him, inasmuch as he 
failed to get the benefit of said amount. The Treasurer was direct- 
ed to settle with him, if there should be a sufficiency in his hand. 

^11. Brother Gunn presented again his motion to raise a • benefi- 
ciary^ fund of $900 to be paid in three annual instalments.' After , 
ananj^ated discussion by brethren Gunn, Breidenthal, Cooper, and 
othe&ur&mg the motion upon the consideration of the Association, l 

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the following' individuals' pledged the amounts'as Iiere presented: — 
*' . ' J Amos Jarman,... ;.l... ......... ..' ......!... ........ ..$30 00 • ■ 

":»" l iM Owen,.;..::::...,....:.-.. ....v......*.:..........30 oo ; v 

Thos. Ashford, ........30 00 , 

l) , lh A.n: Stanley,..:.:.;................: .:..:.;..;:........3o oo , , 

• ! " -Jackson Gunn,:.... ..;..:. :....:..... ............30 00 

fM 'Brother I. N. Owen pledged for Moulton,.... '.....;.. :...30 00 

Sister Elizabeth Cockburn 20 00 ,"' 

' J j; Catherine Smith;..::..... .....;.....:.........:...., ::...:..2d 00' 

' ! ''Brother J. C. Roberts pledged for Town Creek,... „..:i5 00 • '■[ 
. Nancy Lansford ...„15 00 i 

> ! ; ; ';Br6therW.;M. Mays.. ..:....: ...............:;:.. :i5 00 _.J : /r 

Jno. Alexander, ;..... .......... ........ ....... 1. ft... . 15 00 ".' 

HallJarman ;..:. ....... 15 00 . 

ivi'vii A. Houk, ...........15 00 

; ;i '<• L. D. Massengale, :..;..... ...........;.:. ....15 00 

-'• = 'G.D.Cleer,:.. :................ 15 00 ; ! 

H. Atkinson, 9 00 

• Jesse Brown,. ... 5 00 

> Esqr. McKiernan, paid., , ; : 1 .25 

Cash* paid in .....25 00 

........ h ,V., ul , .:, .i _J ii 

-TotalJ •'* .. (1 , V , , t . , $38025.^. 

This call would have be'eh much more liberally responded to but 
many of the brethren, whose names do not appear on the list, had 
already pledged themselves for the same purpose to the general As- 
sociation, i > : '1 -'»•.' :,ir..A i...... i:.l >■> i i » «.' i ..... . .1. .;; , -.; ..... § /_ 

.i»13. . The committee ho nominate! the Board of Trustees submits 
ted their report, which was read and after some discussion was upon' 
motion referred 1 back to the 1 committee. • • , :i . : . * ~\ 

.•ii 14. 1 1 Report of the committee on Finance r,ead and adopted as fol- 
lows: . ! ' . ,5 ; . • ; ' 

£hi *.-U**i-jvio £.■!'»•#/ REPORT ON FINANCE.' ' !i :'" "'/ ,' !: j 
iii -ill oh.ihiir.Jii <r i. -.iu.;..;.,. .... . ■ . : ! u ■ ii ;•,!- i: 1: ;', 

[ . Casji on hand for Minutes, r - > ■ -;. 7-, -§55 85 ,' |j tt J 

* i "'" " */*' Missionaries, . ; - ( j- - ;| . 580 36 :j! ; ,. ,, (i /. 
. { r ', liahdcdin by friends, - ■ - » . 15 00 ,, 

!l ■ 1 »* 'received for books ' ■*' *'V '. : J • ,;,/ 53 70 l ' ' .*7« 
« *»i: • •• .« L' - • ' y 23 *;5 ' ' $7'2S66 

-full '(]..:.< i i- »'»?>'!■' .7 Cl 4 . ; I' i'|!' 1 t- ■ <• I ''»-' ■-•-• 

Cnsh paid Brother E. T. Van Iloose, - - - $100 00 Ii .! ; ill 

" «• M. A. Verser, > - ; • 1 ;-■;••"> J 04 00 ' 

• " ." A. Houk, ....... - , 84 C5 ., . , r 

•-..*>"/«■ ' ■■; u !> ,1 < w u Barksdale, for Minutes • - - t 55 80 !,' ;'..,,:/ | 

u . «*. On hand, - - - - ." - "84 15 ',,,. .irlmm 
•fi-feyM!U;v, ,».- . •'■ ...i.. • i • . -1728 502 

- ■]«&! llf , TuS" nn t ° ff f Cd th i f0ll0win S resolution: „ . ' 

Jiftfm? That we tender to the brethren and friends of Mt "pilii 

T J 3n1i'SaKTo k p ,T? d "^ ^ to 4?~ ^^ther 
year"'^& C ln- eacll . fOT .T rvlces '^ered by them during the 

wi n. board of trustees: ' '";:':' ,:/( ,; ,, 

tJ™£^ of T ri$^™v***"*t 

time /thit* their tcTrn^f nml i "i? fo,I . owm S b «tbreu, and arranged the 
indicated; ™ ■tf." fl *?.*»M «P».™ « «.■*, two and: three years, a* 

third year; • • BtitiAWn <*■*•* " •■■■■ ' -I ' 'I 

F.'C.Owen, t n m ^. , first year. 1 

w Tin, l-'U. Alassenealei W F Orr •'• 

James Seward, .....John Alexander,, ,m:fJ "-\fiZL <>1 

James Streptor /^ n ' v. u. ^ewm. • ' 

M. tV.AW*' ?T?? Jli ! r « c "> : Hi Davi,.,, !') 

Joseph Herring, 

M. W.May, ra^p'olS' 

ssting, of Thjsi Ashford: Kit a? i t £ g w lr sala «es^con- 
OwenfandF. C. Owen ', I' J ^ L - D - M ^^ale, AJG. 

the U ^ P e aS%tSttA y hr iatl0nBanCt,0DedIl6r pr ° Ceedin #" i" 

<". On motion it wa$ ordered tin. IWw w 1 - xx 't> i \ * , 

hftllSrS That thC C1Crk be "?P***! write correspond- 
, ."»j , '« CORRESPONDING LETTER,"- - • • 

^Pcar Brethren: We much regret that the „„ m ber ef copending deiV- 

gates with us during the present meeting was much smaller than usual. We 
certainly desire the continuation of a correspondence with you, and hope at 
our next meeting, with the church at Enon , Lawrence Co. Alabama, wc shall 
have the pleasure of meeting your delegates. 

Wc have chosen our messengers to visit you as usual; we fondly hope you 
will reciprocate the favor. Our session has been one of much interest; du- 
ring thft year many, of our churches h«iv^ been greatly blessed with refresh- 
ing season*, taking an increase by bapiism and letter of 49(5 since our lait an- 
nual meeting. To God wc give all glory. 

, ' , , As ever, Yours Fraternally, t ./ r •'/ i 

'/ i) \1 H 'rlv ' t * ! < i I w. HL BAKKslMLE, Clfcrl/. 

t / : W ifi J! i 1 f ' f - 1 ; ' i IL B. BURIiESON, MorferrfW. 


24. , i The -business of the bo<ly being now completed, the? Assb'cU 
ation adjourned, by motion, to meet with the chutfeh at Eiionj Law- 
rence co. Alabama, on Friday before the first Lords day in October, 
1856. The closing prayer was offered by brother Verser, ♦after 
which the (brethren extended the parting jhand„ vfhilb tliejj sa$a; in 
touching strains that beautiful hymn 

'Blest be ihe tic that binds 
Our hearts in christian love." 

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ttl . R. ; B..BURLESON. Moderator, jP.,0, iMoultonj- Ala.T 

W*. H. Barksdale, Clerk, P. O. Leigh ton, Ala; »«i.i • > vbUiu.0 *iii«t>l 
<.f,u, »i "•..;;•/! . vti )-.... ,|.*«,u '.:.•;.! '■■■; t.i •../■. ojI-i mJ'J;I«»iI^ .1 
iH.'./niio'i iii iiynii iiwii ii«w ' .-■•■ ; - ! ' •" * Ai ■'*/• * lU * -• f fc*ilW|»rt»| 
j;..:,'.[ f ',:..iii;'i; ,n. «!<{•• ■- •■{ ■■ ■' l, " , " ; 1<> -•<i""i»»'«<] -mu^ -nil 
-•>[, v'l -"-uA fmm u\a iii in «f»j { ■■■••:.: if»m r»nu#-i i:i J'-'U .lliw Liih 
'.y.iii'ii? Mil; i;i it»vi iuiA .ii-i .i »"i'i«i iii i>it< ijJtll invili te*|«»b' 
■•>%:# onutcfii lii ii')',-'. /h<;»{-> Miou /i.: Imuui -'iil*l« <vjv/o»| Jill mini 
inui:tii 'l*i '.KJtfW&ni .'iili'ioi i.w.'i -IT .ilnw.v tii uvmm yoift malt 

-jn-H.r.' Iii'!,i'/.)JH fii WJ.jIuiii il.Ml Ii:i.i.i- •• [ : -.'jji j> tB Lniifl Iff* . 
^i»,i f»nii»i lu'UllwcA ».ll liuiV/ -u.«n<-i •• -uoihitip.'ii ;.i;o ni .""it 
v»l(|i-)iin»| &K*illi i«:Al '-I'lilMi... -/.an li •.:-.. V. . *»<♦ > |i« iAJ'Jv 'iili V»YO 
yWl*i Irlr.ii 'K* ^.vj:I> nt*j1n A-» ■ km o\.h ..Siiil.i -'ifr*! >v»'/ 5ml 1o sh; 
,vt.,lf»i 5 V.rjj;>. ii 'll-*ii ol / i ERRATA: j >"\ •.*••' l :* i,J ; ji e | •'«" Jall '* r 
On'pnj^e'G'.'nt "ihe e'ncl of" Section No! 12. add: ^Therefore,' ordered' llial GunteVs'-^ 
villd Charcfe be 1 excluded troth ih'e Union of lhia : Association."'' "' l l l;' '" '• 
/.I v-MioYi, ..//«n- iium Ki .»■ I "' •; «.*m .li.:«jv iM.Uiulifl ttoWllte 
,a\V,»-^ i»uii S'»f v«l' -iltjifiriJi i:.v«.i :! Iim n'wll ■•.-. ,VA;-»*«»--'V Am lun; Vi» 
f,i!) i .i.ii *. /Jiif hnii ;rll-(i.»'-.ih i->v'ji '.^ul ml« u»iu l«'jlii«Aa«#*i'L 
lo iiiilii./lfvh'iDii !«•*;» :•'">' 'i* !i '"' '"h"^ -i«"i:-.; \'*lJ*l«* **<iffvf*|*j#s 

»• ill -M) >iiiM>!u.|i''ff| U*:iii - /.( ' • «'i ''•i'liii.i !«iUi**il ivhU o\iri l>'> 
-%1-ii-trn \mn ,'/l7/nl^ «i< j.-r/io ,■( ^Vi:r"t4»?HibMU«*iiii;'ill !••"/ ^k»* 
'to H\>xtA v &nr«j<h i.'.jujijfcun- |( «irt,rM»fi <"'« l^iii.t-n ^iwd t -(iu;l 

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Dilivered before the Muscle Sltoate Association, and published by request 
i of tlxat.body, in place of a Circtdar Letter; embracing m .; uwiu 

'.;•« •■■/. .' • i.i v.J one. proposition in the Sermon, viz: ... .£. ,<kj )i:/i 

'■S't]i alii tit (Banc it ian/P 

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The value and importance of education will be seen from the fol- 
lowing considerations:.' •... i . • .:. ;. : 1: .t/ 4 ., 

1. Scholastic education increases the mind, not by giving it more 
properties, but by increasing its powers. All men have in common 
the same properties of mind, viz. perception, remembrance, reason 
and will. But in some men these properties are more largely de- 
veloped than they are in other men. And even in the same 
man the powers of his mind are more clearly seen in mature fege 
than they were in youth. The reason for this increase of mental 
strength is, use, training and discipline. These powers of the youth- 
ful mind are most happily called forth and put in successful opera- 
tion, in our institutions of learning. While the youthful mind runs 
over the elements of science it may conclude that these principles 
are of but very little utility, and may ask after days of hard study 
what use is it? and may not be able to give to itself a satisfactory, 
answer, but then its teacher knows and perhaps its parents know, 
that this application of the mental powers is only preparatory, to an l ; / 
almost infinite expansion. As the body of man grows stronger by 
use and wholesome food, so the mind grows stronger by use and truth. 
The greatest men who have ever graced the earth, and have had the 
applause of the nations of the worl'd, were once utterly destitute of 
the knowledge thntjmade them'grcat. This knowledge was receiv- 
ed into their fruitful minds in very small proportions, or in broken 
doses. Yet the knowledge of facts received so slowly, and irregu- 
larly, being retained and acted upon, constituted them the giants of 




earth, . Their perception hacl become 80 penetrating . that tltoy ., 
could see the substance through the shadow, and vice versa f could see>r 
from the substance in what way the shadow would be Cftsi.. 0j j, . . ; 

It was from this fact that our ancestors, after securing our liber-' 
ties were able to make laws by which those liberties should be pre- ;: 
served, and handed down from one generation to another; for, which// 
we feel the deepest and most lasting gratitude. : • ,' . \ u \ til i iA 

By education, reason is enlarged so as to weigh all matters as they 
are presented to the mind. It becomes, a safeguard against error;', 
and falsehood.. ;W|ien, therefore, truth and falsehood are presented . 
to the mind in a chaotic state, reason weighs them well, and is like-.t 
ly to embrace the truth and discard the falsehood. . Hence when,, 
false doctrine is presented to the educated man, whose reason ispow- { 
erful, he will not only detect the fallacy and spurn it from his, pros- j 
sence; but he Will also rebuke it in others. ,. Hence it is, that so few,, 
xoell educated men, ever in this life are found amongst the low and 
degraded, having become, the subjects of taw and inmates r>f j)mo)w„ H 
The majority of educated men, occupy high and honorable stations-. 
iiuour country. . ,,:.-•*'. t '•. .• . .'". 

2. A second advantage arising from scholastic education is,' that., 
by it men become, ..benevolent, front principle,! early in ; life.? ; This, a 
arises from the nature of the facts that are presented to the mind;. > 
The mind is early taught the relationship that exist between menV 
as men, and nations as nations, ; a thing of which; it would not have 
been, likely to have thought; at 'so- early an age, had it not been foivj 
these youthful studies. In the study of this relationship the mind J, 
is forcibly impressed with the fact that no man, is self independent;. ,; 
But that we are all dependent one upon another, for almost every .,;" 
thing that makes us wise and happy on earth, and . that wc are in ,-'. 
common dependent upon the productions of the earth, and upon 
navigation arid! trade for, yaricty and plenty;, 'and that we "are all 
alike dependent uqoh the great anil alhvise GodJ for life,' temporal' aricl 1 
eternal.' Who can ' possess a knowledge of geography and liistory,'' " 
mingled witli' moral science and yet be destitute of the spirit of be-' " 
nevoience? Only he who is deprived of the noblest principle of our'.! 
nature; arid whose selfishness makes everything else yield to its pur-"' 
poses. As a general rule, those who possess the above knowledge, 'j I 
bring the nations of earth to their door and arc ever ready to look' 
over the faults and foibles of their brethren, and minister, to theS 
wants of suffering humanity. Thus the educated man feels the great", ^ 
necessity of doing something in life worthy of the name' of ; man ;'* 
hence, we often find them leaving to their country rich productions | 
•of genious, far better than much erold. ''£' 

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^/■reaped- anil elevates character: ' EdneaW people generally shim' 

the majority of vices that are in the world and look with conlemp't ' 

'upon those who practice them. The reason for it is that the edu-' 1 

cated are able to reason from cause to effect, and know well to wh'at 

a miserable and wretched life the practice of vice wcjuld- lead f 

Hence, they determine in their calm and thoughtful moments never" 

to indulge in that which would bring- shame upon them. 'HaVinV- 

mind they use it for the purpose of subduing their passions, and 

controlmg their entire nature. By this means they show that they !; 

are indeed as God made them, above the beasts of the field- guided ' 

by reason and not by instinct. Wherever we find an educated ! 

people there we also find love of order, civility and good morals '' 

It is education that raises both individuals, neighborhoods, couri- 1 

tries and nations in the scale of being. These things, with many l 

others that arc valuable, flow from a good scholastic education' : "« ! * 

It is reasonable, then, 1 to conclude, that the man who gives'mV' 

money for the rearing of our much loved institutions; has-madea 1 ' 

good investment of his capital. And that he who educates 'an o'rl V 

p/tanc/uld, has.manifested a charity, that well deserves the prais# l[ 

ot neighborhoods, and the approving smiles of the great and good, 

andlhathehas thus driven back the dark impending cloud that ^ 

clustered over the youthful mind, and has caused the bright star of » 

/tope to arise perceptibly in his view. . .: i ;.*.;.,,,, . ;t T 

> Those parents, who educate their children have conferred abless- '' 

ing on them more valuable than the largest of all estates;' and ! 

those parents thereby bequest to their country, and the cause of God j ' 

jewels brighter than the gold and silver in Hiero'n crown These ' 

jewels are the strong, active and well disciplined minds' of their' ! 

sons and daughters. ' ; -»• . \ T ;.., hah 

A thousand dollars vested in the education of children^ tii alprmf 
ertime, is worth more to them in after life than twenty' times' thai i" 
amount would be m personal property or* real estate., Put your 
money thus in the minds and hearts of your children and you will' S "' 
have it m safe hands; yea, where no time can waste it, no thief or" f 
robber take it away. , You will thus give them a fortune, the more" 1 
ofwhich they spend, the more it will increase, the more .liberal' 1 ' 1 
they are m giving it away, the more they will be able to give; the '' ! 
more they lavish it upon their friends, the larger will be their hi:''' 
urease. ' There is indeed no spending it. While, upon' the other'' 
hand, should you neglect the cultivation of the mind and hearts of" 
youtf children, arid leave to them'at your death an immense fortune", 1 
of this world s goods, for all that you know, it may be for their spec-" 1 
<iy ruin Instead of serving the purpose that you designed it to 
serve, that of rendering them happy on earth, it may only serve* to 

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make tliemirhlolent, profligate, and pests to the communityah which 
they live, and • be the introduction to that pathway of vice and 
crime, which will lead to a reckless and wretched life, a premature - 
and miserable death, having destroyed their health, and having cast 
their fortunes on the gambler's table and the tipler's counter. 
is In conclusion, the man who has enjoyed the three fold education? 
of which we have spoken (that is "Pulpit, Sabbath School .and 
Scholastic,") should deem himself happy and count himself amongst 
the highly favored of heaven. Possessed with all the knowledge, 
that this training is calculated to impart, accompanied with the 
grace of God he can step out on the bosom of this mighty globe and 
with one glance of the eye of his mind, view the broad plains of the 
entire earth, with all its teeming production* of every order, assen- 
ting every, mountain height, and viewing every valley deep; leaping 
over every river, rivulet, lake, and running stream, stand by the 
ocean^ side, measure its depth, behold its beauty, and count the num- 
ber of its inhabitants.. Count the people that compose the nations 
of the earth; understand their languages, manners, customs, and de- 
votional services. Then he beholds the clouds and the air; meas- 
ures their height, and estimates their weight; makes the winds his 
chariot and the lightning his news bearer to different nations; 
1 mounts above these scenes and scans the mighty heavens with their 
innumerable multitude of bodies, contemplates their laws, relations 
and revolutions. . In all nature thus he sees the greatness, goodness and 
wisdom of nature's God, Hence, with a heart of gratitude he bows 
in reverence and cries "My Lord and my God." • : 


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